The Toronto District School Board’s Student Dress Policy (P042) supports learning environments that are safe, equitable, welcoming and inclusive and recognizes that decisions about dress reflect individual expression of identity, socio-cultural norms, and economic factors and are personal and important factors to a person’s health and well-being.
Pursuant to the TDSB Student Dress Policy, EYCI students may attend school and school-related functions in dress of their choice that conforms to following system standards.
Student dress must:
- Be worn in such a way that all bottom layers cover groin and buttocks and top layers cover nipples, both with opaque material.
- Tops may expose shoulders, abdomen, midriff, neck lines and cleavage.
- Bottoms may expose legs, thighs, and hips.
- Undergarments may not be substituted as outwear and, if worn, should be worn beneath a layer of outer wear.
- Straps and waistbands may be exposed however.
- Any headwear that does not obscure the face may be worn.
- Conform with established health and safety requirements for the intended activity (e.g., health and physical education classes, science and chemistry classes, sporting events, technical education, drama/dance classes, etc.).
- Respect the Board’s intent to sustain a community that is positive, anti-oppressive, equitable, accepting and inclusive of a diverse range of social and cultural identities.
- Not promote offensive, lewd, vulgar, or obscene images or language, including profanity, hate and pornography.
- Not promote, nor, could not be construed as or include content that is discriminatory (e.g., racist, anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, classist, ableist, sizist, etc.), or that reasonably could be construed as defamatory, threatening, harassing or promoting bias, prejudice or hate.
- Not symbolize, suggest, display or reference: tobacco, cannabis, alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia, promotion or incitement of violence or any illegal conduct or criminal activities.
- Not interfere with the safe operation of the school, limit or restrict the rights of others, or create a reasonably foreseeable risk of such interference or invasion of rights; (e.g., except for creed accommodations and safety requirements, no head wear may obscure the face, all other head wear may be worn).
Student Dress Policy - Enforcement
Failure to comply with the Student Dress Policy will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, considering the unique individual circumstances of the student involved as well as all applicable mitigating circumstances to arrive at an appropriate consequence. Consequences can range from a verbal reprimand, office referral, notification of parent(s)/guardian(s) and/or detention. Student Dress Code violations that threaten health and safety, and/ or promote violence, illegal activity, bullying, harassment, and/ or are motivated by the bias, prejudice or hate against any individual or identifiable groups, are serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct and may depending on the circumstances result in more severe sanctions as set out in the TDSB “Chart of Consequences